I've read Haldeman avidly for years, and his early stuff (the "Forever War," the "Worlds" trilogy, "Tools of the Trade," etc) stand the test of time.? The last several years, though, I 've picked up each of his books with dread (but hope -- that's what makes me pick them up in the first place).? With the possible exception of "Camouflage," which wasn't bad, my dread has been confirmed.This was not a good book. It was pretty bad.? To be fair, though, I have to admit that it's the first of his books that I've listened to, and the reader was comparably poor ... maddenly poor.? I made it through the whole thing only because it's Haldeman -- I love this man's early writing so much that I'm willing to take the chance every time a new title comes out.? Sadly, I'll probably do that until one of us kicks the bucket -- that's how good those early books were.? Now, if he comes out with something even close to what he has demonstrated he is capable of, all will be forgiven.? I'll put up with a lot of not-good books for another that I'll enjoy more than once.Sadly, this book is not it.? This book is as far from it as a book can be.? If you want to experience the writer Joe Haldeman can be, pick up something he wrote in the 70s or 80s.
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